Published on 01 July 2015
LIVING CITY’s proposed new multi-purpose building is set to not only become one of Devonport’s iconic new buildings, but will also house a first class conference centre, LINC, Council’s offices, and ‘one stop shop’ customer service facility for Service Tasmania and Council.
The plans for the new four storey multi-purpose building, to be located on Rooke Street next to the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre will be on public display from July 1-21.
The architectural team of Lyons Architects and Birrelli Architects have been working closely with Council, LINC and Service Tasmania in developing the designs over recent months.
It is proposed the “one stop shop” customer service facility for Service Tasmania and Council will be located on the ground floor, together with the more interactive elements within the LINC and a cafe. The first floor will contain the quieter public area of the LINC facility, along with community meeting rooms. Council offices and multi-purpose meeting rooms will be located on level two and the 800 plus seat conference centre situated on level three.
“Whilst the building will be contemporary in design, we’ve worked hard to ensure it will also be attractive, functional and sympathetic to the heritage facades of the adjacent Old Town Hall and Court House buildings”.
“A double height glass façade where the LINC will be located in the multi-purpose building will provide views of the old buildings from inside and also ensure they continue to be visible from the street”.
“The ceiling heights of the second and third floors of the building also align with the nearby Town Hall and Day’s buildings”.
An outdoor space to be known as the Market Square will connect all the buildings with the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre and provide a pedestrian route through the precinct to the proposed future stages, helping to connect up the CBD.
Stage 1 of LIVING CITY also includes the first two levels of a new multi-storey car park, to be located on the corner of Best Street & Fenton Way, the site of the current Council chambers and will contain approximately 400 car spaces.
It is proposed that Council temporarily relocates to the old Harvey Norman building during the construction period.